Thanks to our donors

Ainsworth Building

The Ainsworth Building is named after Dr Len Ainsworth, Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Ainsworth Game Technology and Founder and Director of The Ainsworth Foundation. His very generous donation to UNSW Engineering allowed the Mechanical and Manufacturing building to be overhauled from its 1960s construction to a cutting-edge facilities for students, researchers and staff.

The $67 million Mechanical and Manufacturing precinct features state-of-the-art refrigeration, laser and mechatronic labs, wind tunnels, a flight simulator, and machines for tensile and compression testing. With innovative design studios and teaching spaces, the Ainsworth Building caters for 1,600 mechanical engineering undergraduates, 200 postgraduate coursework students and 130 research students.

The Dean of UNSW Engineering, Professor Mark Hoffman, said that “the facilities will enhance students’ experiences, increased industry interaction, help the Faculty to attract the best researchers and academics and, of course, pave the way for significant research advancement”. The generosity of Dr Len Ainsworth has been paramount in the completion of the building and pushing the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering forward as an industry leader.

Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB)

The Tyree Energy Technologies Building was named after Sir William Tyree, a UNSW alumnus, successful innovator, businessman and major philanthropic supporter of Australian engineering and educational research. Sir William generously donated $1 million towards the new centre and pledged a further bequest of $10 million.

TETB is a masterpiece of modern energy-efficient engineering. The six-star environmentally rated building is both a landmark in Australian building design and a vision of the future. Providing a creative and inspiring working environment for up to 300 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the building is home to laboratories, offices, lecture areas and a welcoming light-filled common atrium and café.

One of the most exciting aspects of the building is that some of the energy-saving features have been designed and researched by the people working within it. They now have the opportunity to see how these features operate daily under real conditions. The Photovoltaics program at UNSW Australia was the first of its kind in the country.

Get involved

Talk to us today about an investment in UNSW Engineering infrastructure – large or small, it all makes a difference for the future of engineering. Contact Development Manager Victoria Miller via email or +61 2 9385 5000.